Hua Ting Steamboat - Orchard Road's Hidden Gem

If you're looking for a quiet steamboat spot to hold large gatherings for your friends or family, Hua Ting Steamboat is one option for you to consider. This 1-year old+ restaurant is owned and operated by Orchard Hotel, a subsidiary of the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Group. Diners can enjoy hassle-free and delicious mini pots made up of scrumptious broths and freshly-picked, quality ingredients, a perfect setting for your convivial reunions. There are three set menus priced from S$68 per person. We went for the a la carte option so as to try a wide variety of items. This is not an invited tasting review.
Hua Ting Steamboard restaurant interior
Hua Ting DIY Station. Image: Millenium Hotels

Summary of Hua Ting Steamboat Review

Ambience: 8/10
Hygiene: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Price: $50++ per pax 
Food: 9/10
Drinks: 8/10
Unique factors: Wide sauce and condiment selection, spacious
Additional Tips: Mix and match the sauces for a unique twist of flavours. Check out Hua Ting Facebook for periodic offers.

Hua Ting Steamboat restaurant interior
Condiments & sauces + Glass display of dried ingredients used

Hua Ting Steamboat Seafood Display Case
Clean glass display of seafood

Singapore chinese restaurant ambience interior
Dining area — large spacious seats for huge gatherings

The layout at Hua Ting Steamboat is very well-planned— there are two private rooms which can be combined into a single, large room for corporate, friends or family gatherings. Each room can house about 10 people and there are two steamboats in each room. Each steamboat has a divider that allows for two separate broths.  The seats are in bright orange, which psychologically has been hypothesised to make one feel even more hungry. One greatest draw to this place is the glass display of live seafood, dried food and fruits, sauces and condiments.

We were served by three separate service staff and they were all very friendly and polite. We had several questions about the menu, and they were all able to quickly answer our questions from memory as well as provide great recommendations for our preferences. Prior to the meal, we were given bibs so as to keep our shirts clean! The staff was also adept in clearing dirty and used plates throughout our meal.

DIY Condiments

Chinese Sauces List and condiments
DIY condiments
While most, if not all, cantonese restaurants have a corner dedicated to condiments and sauces, Hua Ting Steamboat has the widest selection of items. While waiting, my friends and I had a lot of fun coming up with different mixes. It'd be great if each condiment was appropriately named in mandarin and english so that customers, especially tourists, would know what they're selecting from. My favourite mix was sesame, peanut sauce, garlic and onions.

These are some of the sauces that were also available:
  • Soy Sauce(酱油)
  • Doubanjiang (豆瓣酱)
  • Chili Oil and Sauces(辣椒油和辣椒酱)
  • Fermented Black Beans or Dou-chi (豆豉)
  • Brown Bean Paste(Sweet Bean Paste 甜面酱)
  • Sha Cha Sauce(沙茶酱)
  • Hoisin Sauce (海鲜酱)

Sichuan Mala Seaweed Soup (with Bean Sprouts) and Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (with Fresh Beancurd Sheets) — S$26

hua ting steamboat Sichuan Mala Seaweed Soup (with Bean Sprouts) and Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (with Fresh Beancurd Sheets)
Lots of soup broths to choose from!
 Their flavourful soup broths are prepared daily. The Sichuan Mala Seaweed Soup is not overwhelmingly spicy such that you can't even drink the soup. However, like all mala soup, it does have a spicy burn that lingers on your tongue. My favourite is to dip the already cooked food into this soup broth as a flavour enhancer. Personally I prefer the Shark Bone's cartilage soup— which boasts full of collagen. With a light milky and mildly sweet savoury flavour, the soup was addictive and we had several refills of it.

hua ting steamboat Sichuan Mala Seaweed Soup (with Bean Sprouts) and Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (with Fresh Beancurd Sheets)

Superior Fish Soup With Wintermelon & Conpoy (玉环瑶柱鱼汤锅)—S$34 

Superior Fish Soup With Winter Melon & Conpoy
A stunning display of the superior fish soup with winter melon and conpoy

Superior Fish Soup With Winter Melon & Conpoy
Wintermelon soup with wolf berries and conpoy

My friends at the other table ordered this— which was a stunning display of winter melon that was well chopped. This soup contains cabbage, winter melon, wolf berries and dried scallops. The soup gradually turns sweeter as the soup boils— making it absolutely delicious. This is the restaurant's signature as the chef was inspired by double-boiled techniques for soups. Cooking techniques differ here too— the center of the winter melon is meant for cooking thin strips of meat (i.e. think shabu shabby while the outer circumference is for larger items that require infusion.

Superior Fish Soup With Winter Melon & Conpoy
Overview of the items we ordered

Fresh Live Prawns (S$8 for 3 pcs)

Fresh live prawns a la carte hua ting steamboat

Prawns are immediately caught from the tank for each order— and they make it easy by inserting them on a stick. It's as simple as leaving your prawns in the steamboat and lifting them out after it's cooked bright orange! Quite fresh! 

Cooked prawns hua ting steamboat claymore connect

Cooked prawns hua ting steamboat claymore connect

Fresh Kurobuta Pork (S$6 or S$12) 

Fresh Kurobuta Pork (S$6 or S$12)  Hua Ting Restaurant Orchard

The $12 option gives you 8 slices of fresh kurobuta pork. There is also the Fresh Kurobuta Pork Belly (S$7 or $14). These were gone in a flash. Very yummy!

Fresh Kurobuta Pork (S$6 or S$12)  Hua Ting Restaurant Orchard

Fresh Japanese Scallop (S$13 / S$26)

fresh japanese scallops review singapore
Chewy chunks of fresh scallop

Cook scallops until they're opaque— otherwise they get very tough to eat. The scallops were sweet and tasty, I'd order it again!

Shimeji Mushroom (S$4 / $8)

Shimeiji mushroom review hua ting restaurant singapore
Shimeiji Mushroom

They had a good source of supply for mushrooms— extremely fresh and tasty. You can see that there isn't any single mushroom that was rotting or blackened. Love this!

Crispy Fish Skin — S$4 or $8

Best crispy fish skin
I don't fancy potato chips but I absolutely love, love, love these satisfyingly crunchy fish skin! It was addictive. I'd order them again.

Handmade Shanghai Dumpling [S$8 (small) / $16 (large)]

Hua Ting Restaurant - Handmade Shanghai Dumpling [S$8 (small) / $16 (large)]

Unfortunately, the meat within each dumpling escaped in the boiler. The skin wasn't as tender or thin as I'd expect. 

Enoki Golden Mushroom (S$4 / $8)

Hua Ting Steamboat review - Enoki Golden Mushroom
What is steamboat without enoki mushrooms? Also known as golden needle mushrooms, their firm stems and white buttons give a hearty flavour to the soup. Add a little soy sauce and you're good!

Homemade Luncheon Meat (S$3 / $6)

Hua Ting Steamboat Homemade Luncheon Meat

"Can we have more luncheon meat?" Believe it or not, we ordered three plates of these because they were so good. It did not taste like those that comes out from the can — they were freshly homemade and are in a league on its own. Addictive— I'll order more of these again!

Hua Ting Steamboat Overview

Fresh Shrimp Paste Ball + Minced Pork & Chinese Rice Wine (S$8 / $16)

Fresh Shrimp Paste Ball + Minced Pork & Chinese Rice Wine (S$8 / $16)
Very fresh, these fresh shrimp paste balls have a great texture. I wish they were bigger though, because it was still pretty tiny when cooked.

Fresh Sliced Chicken (S$5 / $10)

Fresh sliced chicken review
Excellently fresh and there was more meat in each strip than fat. Overall, quite good.

Fresh sliced chicken review

Bai Ye Beancurd Skin (S$4 / $8)

Bai Ye Beancurd Skin (S$4 / $8)

Bai Ye Beancurd Skin (S$4 / $8)
Don't they look like noodles? These has a dotty texture to it, which makes me feel like my tongue was going through an exfoliating session. This is unlike the typical tasteless beancurd skin. Because the skin is soaked and boiled in the broth, this was a lot more delicious.

Fresh Shrimp Paste Ball Stuffed With Minced Pork And Chinese Rice Wine (S$8 / $16)

Fresh Shrimp Paste Ball Stuffed With Minced Pork And Chinese Rice Wine (S$8 / $16)
One of my favourite balls— well-balanced, handmade and really fresh. Great taste!

Chicken innards singapore
Chicken liver
My brave friends tried some innards such as the chicken liver, intestine, etc.— which I, in no way, will ever try this. Thus I won't be able to comment on the flavours for this.

innards singapore

hot tea pot set hua ting
Three pots of tea for the 10 of us!
Lifting the kurobuta pork off the steamboat
Dipping the kurobuta pork into the steamboat

hua ting steamboat restaurant review singapore
Cooked dumpling and ball

hua ting steamboat restaurant review singapore
My favourite luncheon meat

Prime Beef Rolled With Enoki Mushroom (S $14 / $28)

Prime Beef Rolled With Enoki Mushroom (S $14 / $28)

Hua Ting Steamboat Prime Beef Rolled With Enoki Mushroom (S $14 / $28)

Fish Maw

Hua Ting Fish Maw

The fish maw soaked up every delicious juice possible from the broth— I'd say it taste a lot better with the shark cartilage broth. Otherwise, soaking in the spicy mala broth will be too spicy!

Fresh cut fruits — complimentary

Inspiration for fresh cut fruits plating design
Freshly cut fruits

watermelons, dragonfruit, rock melon and red grapes

We ended our dinner with a huge platter of cut fruits— it must have taken quite a lot of effort to ensure that each piece is somewhat similar in size. I like how the chefs in there restaurant pay a lot of attention to details like these— from the way the food is served to the type of plate/bowl they use. I really enjoyed myself a lot at Hua Ting and I hope to recommend this place to all my friends and family who are looking for a nice, quiet steamboat restaurant to visit!

Hua Ting Steamboat

Orchard Hotel Singapore
Cuisine: Cantonese, Chinese
Phone: +65 6739 6628
Address: Claymore Connect, Mezzanine level #01-08,
442 Orchard Road Singapore, 238879 Singapore
Opening Hours:
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Hua Ting Steamboat - Orchard Road's Hidden Gem Hua Ting Steamboat - Orchard Road's Hidden Gem Reviewed by Littletinysun on 10:30:00 PM Rating: 5

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